Working with CLDP

Advisors

CLDP welcomes expressions of interest from experts willing to volunteer their time for legal CLDP programs. CLDP works with experts from U.S. federal agencies, multilateral organizations, members of academia, and private sector firms. Although CLDP provides reimbursement of travel and per diem expenses related to our programs, we have a very limited budget to cover the costs of consulting fees. If you are interested in serving as an advisor for CLDP, please submit an email to cldp@doc.gov detailing your area of expertise. At times, paid advisor opportunities are also advertised on the Federal Business Opportunities web site (www.fbo.gov). These can be found by visiting the site and typing "CLDP" within the search box.

Internships

If you are looking for a legal internship that will allow you to work in an international legal environment and handle a variety of legal issues, then CLDP may be just the place for you. CLDP welcomes legal interns to work alongside our international teams to do research and analysis and write legal reports that identify the current opportunities for CLDP to effect international reforms and document the activities of the CLDP teams around the globe.

Our legal interns work with the respective regional teams that currently focus on improving commercial legal environments worldwide. In order to be an intern with CLDP, you must be a self-motivated individual with strong writing skills. Proficiency in the language of a country in which CLDP presently works is a definite plus. If you are interested in working with CLDP in this capacity, please send a resume via e-mail with a cover letter outlining your interests to cldp@doc.gov. Please be sure to write INTERNSHIP in the subject line.

Career positions

When positions with CLDP become available, they are advertised and posted on the USA Jobs web site. These can be viewed by visiting the site and typing "CLDP" within the search box. In order to apply, an applicant must log into the site and follow the specific instructions outlined there to apply for the position.

Both recent law school graduates and experienced attorneys may apply for our attorney positions when they become available. In order to be eligible, an applicant must provide proof of U.S. citizenship and active bar membership (in any U.S. jurisdiction) in addition to meeting the requirements of the specific position. Fluency in a foreign language that is pertinent to the mission of the particular team gives a strong advantage, as well as having hands-on experience in the particular country or region that the position will handle.

There are also several non-attorney positions that work alongside and support CLDP’s mission. Our International Program Specialists assist the senior counsels and attorney-advisors with the development and implementation of technical assistance activities. This includes identifying and incorporating key strategic, substantive, and procedural considerations into the design and execution of programs and events, researching specific assistance topics, and recruiting, selecting and preparing expert advisors and trainers. Our administrative staff handles all of the logistical needs for each CLDP program. This includes coordinating the travel and event logistics necessary for successful programs.

For information about the current makeup and expertise of the present CLDP staff, please visit our staff bios page.

Upcoming Programs

November 19, 2019 - November 20, 2019

On November 19-20, 2019, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, CLDP & ITA conducted a workshop on effective interagency coordination to facilitate comprehensive publication of trade-related and centrally-published information. Participants included technical representatives from the Honduran and Guatemalan Ministries of Economy, Customs, Health, and Agriculture, and Honduran private sector representatives. During the workshop the Honduran participants met with their U.S. counterparts from the Department of Commerce, Customs and Border Protection, Health and Human Services, and the Food and Drug Administration to learn best practices for coordinating across trade ministries and publishing trade-related information in a non-discriminatory, easy-to-access manner. With support from the Honduran-American Chamber of Commerce, the participants shared respective efforts to encourage trade through greater transparency and improve publication practices. This workshop was part of a multiphase effort to promote transparency, cooperation, and coordination within the Honduran government, and to improve interregional trade in Central America.

CLDP in Action

October 23, 2019 - October 24, 2019

On October 23-24 in Tunis, Tunisia, CLDP held a workshop to identify potential changes to Tunisian law that would encourage increased cross-border eCommerce transactions for both exports and imports. Over 40 representatives from several government ministries, the private sector, and the NGO community discussed potential amendments to Tunisia’s eCommerce law, customs procedures, central bank currency and payment rules, and other matters.  The participants offered sets of informal recommendations for further action.

ECommerce in Tunisia has not reached its full potential, although there are black market eCommerce websites. Legal changes could help Tunisian SMEs and individuals reach new markets, while also providing opportunities for US sellers.